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Re: CHANGE PROPOSAL: Table Summary

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 15:26:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0912071522060.24966@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 7 Dec 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> 
> > [...] I think a better way to get data 
> > about this would be a set of usability studies of Web authors followed by 
> > double-blind studies of the pages they write.  For example, take six to 
> > nine Web developers, and give them the task of marking up some Web pages 
> > that include particularly complex data tables in an accessible way that is 
> > still aesthetically pleasing to them. The developers would be split into 
> > three groups, one being given instructions on using summary="", one being 
> > given instructions on writing paragraphs around the table, and one being 
> > given no instruction at all. [...]
> 
> What would this find out?

The goal I had in mind was primarily to find out whether accessibility is 
improved or harmed by summary="" being in the language and advocated.

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